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(Jackie Rutledge #1)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  948 ratings  ·  123 reviews
She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, an
Paperback, 420 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Kensington (first published 2011)
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All Things Urban Fantasy
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Jackie Rutledge made a bad first impression on me which didn’t improve over time. Chapter one opens with Jackie arriving on a murder scene where a little boy has been discarded like trash in a park and her response is all about her hangover: “She absently rubbed at her throbbing temple. There should be laws against committing crimes on Mondays...’Why can't killers keep better hours?’” I don’t care how tough and jaded she is after years with the FBI, tha
Jun 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
It was kind of a neat idea in a lot of ways, but it kept shooting itself in the foot. The world is ours in every respect except in a few details. The first is that Laurel, one of the two FBI agents is a psychic. That's OK. Her partner knows & respects her power, which is also OK, but no one else seems to know she's one. At least the sheriff in the beginning doesn't & no one else ever says she is. Kind of a big deal is made out of it. BUT then they find out some weird stuff about some peo ...more
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-in-series, uf
I just have to give this 4 stars!
J.N. Duncan is a new writer of Dark Urban Fantasy. This is his debut novel and series. I LOVED IT. I gave it 4 stars based on originality, true grit and believable characters.

She's as tough as anything haunting Chicago's streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won't stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price. . .

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring ni
Kathy Davie
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first in the paranormal romantic fantasy series, Deadworld, set in modern-day Chicago.

My Take
Jackie and the FBI seem cool with it but we never do learn just why such a conservative outfit like the FBI has allowed a gay psychic on the team and appears to take Laurel seriously. There's no background given at all for this.

For the most part, the dialogue ran true. I did like the character of Jackie, for the most part; she is such a drama queen. Not what one expects from an FBI agent. Jackie is s
Brooke Johnson
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
When I sat down to read Deadworld, I truthfully didn’t expect to like it. Urban Fantasy is not my usual reading genre. I hate cop stories, vampires, graphic sex, etc. etc. etc. In all honesty, there was really no reason for me to buy this book, but since I had connected with the author through Twitter, I wanted to support him.

A lot of different readers have had varied opinions on Deadworld, ranging from hating it to loving it and everything in between, all for various and conflicting reasons. So
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This was a gritty and sometimes difficult read,but well worth the emotional investment. The characters in this book are interesting, flawed - certainly not warm and cuddly, but they settle into your bones and MATTER in a way that keeps you reading.

Thanks to J.N. Duncan for making the harder choices when it comes to the fate of his characters, I am so tired of there being no consequences to life...and death. Laurel and Jackie's relationship could have gone many different things, but I felt Duncan
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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Favorite Quote: "She could not decide if she was terrified or just wanted to strip him down to the gun belt and play 'ride' em cowboy'."

Blurb: She's as tough as anything haunting Chicago's streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won't stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price. . .

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are m
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"Deadworld" is a rollercoaster of an urban fantasy book with characters that have so many issues, even Freud would have been lost in helping them. It's one of those books that you realise you have been reading for nearly two hours, without any breaks and you're still dying to find out more!

Before starting "Deadworld", I was expecting the usual run of the mill paranormal romance, where the big brooding alpha male would end up saving and falling for the tou
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'd give it a 4.5 and trust me, I don't give out 4.5 or 5 often. I'm too darn picky
It's a good beginning to a new urban fantasy series. Yes the main female FBI agent is often abrasive and hard-edged but as the story progresses we learn what in her own background...her own fears made her that way. While some might find her attitudes and actions problematic, I found her realistic, and hoped to see her change over the course or the book and come out a little different at the end. A better woman for
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Jackie is an extremely angry and jaded person. She had an abusive childhood and now has intimacy and alcohol issues. Nick was ok for a male love interest. He hides a lot and is a bit frustrating to read about but he wasn't boring. The other characters were not anything special. Most were hard to get to like. There was a bit of action. I found the writing to be a bit over worded and the pace was slower then I would have liked it to be. Honestly
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a very interesting story while I thought it was going somewhere, certainly up to the big twist halfway through. After that I kept reading eagerly, hoping things were going to come together, but I felt the plot didn't resolve; and, except for the car chase, the climactic scenes were hard for me to visualize. As you see, much of the trouble I had with this book lies deep in spoilerland. A few of my problems come up early on, though, and I can certainly talk about the characters.

There are
Matthew Quirk
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Incredibly cliche and predictable.

Every single trope comes true. The token gay character is raped and killed. The alcoholic FBI agent with daddy issues winds up in bed with the sexy conflicted vampire sheriff.

An absolute hate read, just to see how badly the author disappoints.

Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Quick & Dirty: Deadworld misses the mark with an unlikable heroine and a forgettable supporting cast. As far as urban fantasy novels go, this one isn't a great success.

Opening Sentence: A misty rain swirled down into the darkness between the two brick buildings.

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FBI agent Jackie Rutledge and her psychic partner, Laurel, have been assigned to a new murder investigation. There is nothing normal about the crime scene or the way in which the victim was killed. As luck would have it, Ni
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

Don't know why I kept reading this book when I clearly knew by page 30 that I didn't like it. Couldn't explain what pulled me to finish it but I can certainly tell you that it wasn't Jackie Rutledge. She's a very unsympathetic character and I have to admit that I was sort of hoping that she would get killed off.

I guess that doesn't happen when you're the lead female.

Jackie is a bitch. An agressive one at that. With a gun. She's scarred emotionally and how she ever made it past the final roun
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog
FBI agent Jackie Rutledge is at least as tough as any of the supernatural killers she’s faced before, but when bodies start showing up exsanguinated and totally clean of evidence she finds herself faced with needing help beyond the FBI’s resources. For this case she and her partner Laurel are going to have to rely on the Bruce Wane-esque P.I. Nick Anderson and his team of odd ball supernaturals. Can they trust him though? Nick’s keeping secrets that stretch back over a century that may drag Jack ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
J.N. Duncan's Deadworld was an okay sort of read. I've had it on my TBR pile for awhile now and managed to get to it recenty. Although unfortunately I wasn't very impressed. It just wasn't the book for me.

The pacing was a little too slow for me at times. It centered around the need to find the bad guy who was killing people, which was fine. You never knew who he was going after next. Jackie was determined to find him and ends up accepting outside help from Nick Anderson who had started out as a
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great Book!!

I love finding "new to me" authors. J.N. Duncan has a great debut book with Deadworld. He is added to my list of authors I will always buy books from.

Deadworld was just sitting on a store shelf when I walked by several times, but something about the "blurb" on the back had me picking it up and buying it. And I am so glad I did.

Deadworld is about an FBI agent (Jackie) who is trying to solve a murder with several "otherworldly" aspects about it. She is not above believing in strange th
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I wasn't that impressed with parts of this book, but I stuck with it and ended up liking it overall. I only got it because I had to actually go into the library and came across it, and it looked like a book I would like. It was really slow in places even though I enjoyed some of the character interactions. I'm unsure if I actually want to read any of the following books at this point, which is really unusual for me.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not a completely awful book, but I couldn't make myself care for the characters. I struggled to finish and won't read any more of this series.
I can't get into this book, so I'll have to dnf it. Sorry!
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Deadworld by J.N. Duncan
My review:
The story opens with a twelve year-old boy named Archie Lane running away from home to escape his parents fighting again. He is picked up in an alley by one Cornelius Drake, and, after basically hypnotizing the boy, they disappear into the night.
The first chapter introduces us to one of the main characters in the book, FBI Agent Jackie Rutledge. (Semi spoiler alert: Agent Rutledge is one of those characters that you hate to love and sympathize with). An alcoholi
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. At first Jackie the MC, I kind of didn't like. But the story and MC gets better later on. I did like Laurel, Nick, Shelby, etc.

This was a good start and glad I at least gave the book a chance and kept going. Hoping the other books in the series are good.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Didn't like the writing, it was very tedious to get through. The dialogue was awkward and I wasn't interested in any of the characters or the plot. 2 out of 5, DNF at 8%.
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf-pnr, vampires
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

J.N. Duncan brings two people who have sincerely given up on real happiness together in his debut Deadworld. Both FBI agent Jackie and paranormal investigator Nick believe they are past redemption. They don’t deserve love or happiness or even a glorious ending.

Nick has just plain given up. He’s spent decades being tormented by another vampire who makes him relive the murders of his family members. And he’s never been able to catch this guy.
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Deadworld started off slowly for me and had this book not been part of a reading challenge, I may have abandoned it. In a way, I’m glad that I made it through – the last third of the book made up for the beginning.

Deadworld is the story of FBI agent Jackie Rutledge. Jackie and her partner Laurel investigate a grisly murder scene. Laurel senses that something is off about the murder scene. Laurel fears for Jackie’s life and begs her not to take on the case. Her fears are
Nov 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf, vampires, 2011, e-book
This book managed to surprise me in a couple of different ways. I found the first 50 pages to be a little slow, then things picked up, but soon after page 150 or so things took a change I didn't see happen, which effected the rest of the book.

Through the whole book I wasn't sure if I liked Jackie or not. She is rude, crude, and a big bitch. When you learn her back story you realize that she has that tough girl crust for a reason and very rarely lets people through. One that she did was her partn
Clay Rylee
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to really enjoy "Deadworld" I really did but there were several decisions by the author that I feel kept me from fully enjoying this book. First, every character in the book is reffered to by a shorted version of thier name, for example... Jackie = Jack, Nicholas = Nick, Reggie = Reg, I don't know about you but I find this very distracting. Second, Jackie, the main character, has sooooo much baggage it is ridiculous that she is able to function on a high enough level to hold her job wit ...more
Michelle Greathouse
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Deadworld is the first book in the Deadworld series by J.N. Duncan and an Urban Fantasy from Kensington.

Book Blurb:

She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price...

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing into the ether evidence, and a city
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, urban-fantasy
First I have to start off by saying that I probably wouldn't have read this book if not for my book club picking it as a group read, just because I had never heard of it. That's one of the things I love about reading with other people, it helps expand my selections.

So anyway, on to the actual book. I wasn't sure what I was going to think about it, the beginning dragged a little but I think that was just to get the book set up. It had an interesting mix of a police drama and an urban fantasy book
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Marsha by: Anna
I am so weary. This is the third book I've read in a row where characters are raped and/or physically abused. I use to enjoy PNR/mysteries and urban fantasies because they were fun and helped you escape reality. But rape is not fun. Are publishers telling authors that the only way their books will sell is if they deal with this unsavory subject matter? God, I hope not!

In Deadworld we find a angry FBI agent named Jackie Rutlegde. She is good at what she does but also has anger issues stemming fro
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Jim N. Duncan began writing at the age of fourteen thanks to a wonderful grandmother, who was a published mystery writer. Many years, numerous false starts, and a couple of college degrees later, the dream of publication has been achieved. Duncan has four fabulous children and is an aspiring teacher.

Other books in the series

Jackie Rutledge (3 books)
  • The Vengeful Dead (Jackie Rutledge #2)
  • The Lingering Dead (Jackie Rutledge, #3)